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On the Path of Ancestors – and business deals

The “On the Path of the Ancestors” rally includes former ambassador to Kazakhstan and current vice-president of the Kazakhstan-Hungary Business Council János Németh and BRV-Phönix Ltd owner Tamás Vincze, among others interested in “strengthen[ing] historical connections with the Magyars’ descendants in the Argyn and Kypshak tribes; render[ing] assistance in the development of business contacts between Hungarian and Kazakh SMEs, and with chambers of commerce and industry in the Kostanay and Kyzylorda regions.”

The journey will take the small caravan some 5,000 kilometers one way to central Kazakhstan, including a visit to the Kostanay region, where some Magyar descendants live today. Miskolc car dealership manager Sándor Attila contributed a Volkswagen Amarok SUV for the trip and eastward they went, leaving from (naturally) Heroes Square in Budapest on Monday, July 15.  

After traveling through a swathe of Russia, the rally arrived in Astana the following Monday; the approximately 4,500-kilometer distance trasversed by the group in one week represented about 100 years’ worth of travel for the Magyars themselves.

While in the city, the delegation met with representatives of Kazakhstan’s Chamber of Commerce and Astana’s Kazakhstan-Hungarian business council and toured the city. The visit to Astana, as reported by the city’s official website, was hosted under the auspices of the Kazakh-Hungarian business council headed by Kazenergy deputy chairman Dzhambulat Sarsenov and MOL executive vice-president Sándor Fasimon.

On Wednesday, Kazhakstan-based Tengri News reported on a speculative offer from the Hungarians to the country, namely a few hundred heads’ worth of Hungarian Grey cattle.

Dezső Szomor of Szomor Ökofarm stated that “We would like to develop cattle breeding [of the Hungarian Grey]. There are not many of them left in the world. We have only 3,000 of them, for example … Business is not the most important [thing] here. We need to protect the species and increase its population. If Kazakhstan is interested, we could provide 100-200 cows for breeding.”

Németh later confirmed the interest of Kazakhstan businesses in such an offer. He also put forth other ideas, including “good road construction projects that we could develop jointly. [Aside from this], we’ve had meetings with representatives of medical circles to discuss an experience exchange. We are ready to offer training to all willing doctors and to send our doctors to be trained in Kazakhstan in exchange. We could also develop cooperation in balneology. Hungary is ranked second after Iceland for its thermal waters…”